Dr Brendan N. Wolfe

Dr Brendan N. Wolfe

Honorary Reader

Principal Editor of the St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology

Researcher profile

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Brendan Wolfe is the Principal Editor of the St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology, an international research project building a free, online encyclopaedia covering theology from an internal perspective.

He is also the Principal Investigator of the Text & Image project, which investigates the cognitive effects of text on religious visual art and sponsors the Art as Revelation collaboration between artists and theologians.

Dr Wolfe's research into the history of Christianity in Fife has led to the Sacred Landscape Project, examining the local coasts as a landscape of faith, and improvements to the St Mary's College archive.

Another significant element of his scholarship has been fostering and strengthening academic engagement with J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others in their circle, known as the Inklings. He has co-edited three collections of essays on the Inklings and is a co-founder of the Journal of Inklings Studies.

He came to St Mary’s in 2014, having previously studied and taught at Oxford from 2004 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014, and researched and taught in Berlin from 2009 to 2011. 


Because of Encyclopaedia responsibilities, Dr Wolfe is not currently inviting applications for post-graduate supervision, with possible exceptions only for theses treating the Gothic Bible or encyclopaedic theology.

He has previously taught post-Classical Latin and supervised in Patristics at St Mary’s.

Research areas

Dr Wolfe is an historical theologian and philologist with wide research interests, including the encyclopaedic representation of theological concepts, the cognitive psychology of religious art, the history of Christianity in Fife, and the Gothic Bible's role in the Christianization of the Germanic peoples of Late Antiquity.

Selected publications

  • Open access

    Greek diminutives in Gothic

    Wolfe, B. N., Jul 2019, In: Transactions of the Philological Society. 117, 2, p. 256-265

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Greek nominal compounds in the Gothic Gospels

    Wolfe, B. N., 28 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Studies in Gothic. Klein, J. S. & Ratkus, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    The relevance of certain Semiticisms in the Gothic New Testament

    Wolfe, B. N., 1 Sept 2018, In: NOWELE | North-Western European Language Evolution. 71, 2, p. 249-256

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    The Gothic palimpsest of Bologna

    Wolfe, B. N., 14 Dec 2017, In: Studia Patristica. 92, p. 205-208

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    The Gothic Bologna fragments in context

    Wolfe, B., 2016, Le palimpseste gotique de Bologne: Etudes philologiques et linguistiques. Auer, A. & de Vaan, M. (eds.). Lausanne: Centre de linguistique et des sciences du langage, Université de Lausanne , Vol. 50. p. 99-109 (Les Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique et des Sciences du Langage; vol. 50).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • C.S. Lewis and his circle: essays and memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society

    Wolfe, J. (ed.), White, R. (ed.) & Wolfe, B. N. (ed.), 2 Jul 2015, Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. 288 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Open access

    Germanic language and Germanic Homoianism

    Wolfe, B., 2014, Arianism: Roman Heresy & Barbarian Creed. Steinacher, R. & Berndt, G. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 193-200

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


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